In focus: Marco Bechis' Birdwatchers
Marco Bechis' fourth feature Birdwatchers, was one of the most talked about films at this month's Venice film festival. The powerful drama about the effects of globalisation and colonisation on the indigenous Guarani-Kaiowa people of Mato Grosso do Sul, a southern, forested region of Brazil provoked much conversation for the way the film reverses traditional casting: the natives star, with the seasoned European actors taking the supporting roles.
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